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The Iranian Women’s Dragon Boat Racing Team

I make a short film about a dragon boat racing team from the most unlikely of places.

At the end of last year I went to a dragon boat racing event that was held on a reservoir in Penang. Teams from all over the world streamed in to race, but one team in particular caught my attention: the Iranian female dragon boat racing team.

Apparently, an English guy brought dragon boat racing to Iran around 15 years ago and it caught on as a sport for women. Petra and I filmed them throughout their races and something about it showed the fundamental essence of sport.

Filed under: Iran, Malaysia, Sports, Vlog

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 89 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3490 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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